REFLECTIONS & STORIES

The blog of the Body Oak Cliff community

This blog seeks to capture the latest reflections of the Body Oak Cliff team (Joel & Deborah), as well as stories of transformation in our community. Many of the posts include reflection questions to help you interact with the content. If you find something that resonates with you, consider sharing it with a friend or small group and let the questions prompt meaningful conversation.

We hope that what you read here will encourage you on your journey and empower you to love in the everyday!

The Slow Path from Panic to Peace

By Deborah Pulis | Dec 5, 2018

Two days before Thanksgiving I had a panic attack. I didn’t know it was a panic attack at the time, but when I described the symptoms to a friend – elevated heart rate for days on end, extreme muscle tension, chest pain, the inability to calm my body even when my brain knew I wasn’t…

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Evangelism (or not) in the Workplace

By Guest Contributor | May 16, 2018

Photo by Jason Betz on Unsplash Guest post by Rachel Kramer [Rachel grew up in a family of pastors in rural Wisconsin and has worked in non-profit ministry for the past decade. Three months ago she began an experiment in community engagement by working as a Starbucks barista.] I think it is safe to say…

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The Strength of Love: A Reflection on Becoming Joel’s Second Wife

By Deborah Pulis | May 9, 2018

Over the past year and a half, I have gotten a crash course in non-dualistic thinking. What is non-dualistic thinking? It’s the ability to hold two things in your mind that seem contradictory, the ability to feel two things in your heart that feel antithetical to one another. Take the classic theological question: How could…

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Moving Toward Suffering

By Deborah Pulis | Mar 27, 2018

Over spring break, I got to go on vacation with Joel’s family. We stayed in a whimsical cottage outside of Wimberley, and for the most part had a lovely time. The second night, however, we heard a scream from the loft upstairs. Grace had been practicing a dance on the slick wood floors and had…

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Acceptance & Vulnerability

By Deborah Pulis | Mar 2, 2018

The Fear of Being Seen One of my oldest, strongest longings is the desire to be deeply known. This might surprise people who knew me as a child, because I was very reserved in most settings and rarely offered up information about myself. In fact, the thought of drawing people’s attention terrified me. I read…

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When Encouragement Doesn’t Work: A Story of Shame

By Deborah Pulis | Feb 9, 2018

 If you follow our blog, then you’ve heard about the transition we’re currently walking through at Body Oak Cliff. (If you missed it – read about Joel’s departure here.) As you can probably imagine, this change has stirred up a lot for me – grief about not working as closely with Joel, insecurity about my…

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Changes at Body Oak Cliff

By Body Oak Cliff | Jan 26, 2018

TO: Friends and Supporters of Body Oak Cliff FROM: Body Oak Cliff’s Board of Directors We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of an important change taking place in Body’s leadership. After serving as Community Pastor for the past seven years, Joel has discerned that it’s time to transition out of paid employment with…

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Have I Asked You To Do This? (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 20, 2017

Guest post by Roger Hanggi A meditation upon 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In this passage, we hear a conversation between King David and the Lord, as moderated by the prophet Nathan. We know that David was not a perfect king. He had sinned as we all have in our lives. He repented and received God’s…

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Speaking of Gifts (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 19, 2017

  And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. …And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie…[for] he will baptize you with the Holy…

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